Xi Jinping and Joe Biden had their first phone conversation since the US president took office. Photo: Xinhua, Reuters
Xi Jinping and Joe Biden had their first phone conversation since the US president took office. Photo: Xinhua, Reuters

US-China relations: Xi and Biden break the ice with phone call, but can they dial down tensions?

  • Analysts say conversation is a first step in getting ties on the right track, but Washington is expected to continue taking a tough line on Beijing
  • US messaging emphasised concerns raised on economic practices, human rights and Taiwan, while China focused on cooperation and dialogue

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden had their first phone conversation since the US president took office. Photo: Xinhua, Reuters
Xi Jinping and Joe Biden had their first phone conversation since the US president took office. Photo: Xinhua, Reuters
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